Attorneys often face situations where they need (or want) to terminate a client relationship for one reason or another. These reasons may range from conflicts of interest, unlawful behavior, inability to fulfill obligations (by either the client or the attorney), or fundamental disagreements. When is withdrawal from a case required? When is it optional? What ethical obligations must be considered in the termination of such a relationship? What steps can be taken to stay in compliance with ethical rules and avoid discipline or professional liability and prevent the pitfalls that may occur when firing a client? In this webinar, you will learn guidelines for deciding when to fire which clients and how to go about it if the relationship has become problematic. You will learn about the following topics:

Guidelines for Deciding IF or WHEN to Fire a Client

  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • When you MUST Withdraw
    • Violation or Law or Ethics Rules
    • Impairment
    • Discharged
  • When you CAN Withdraw
    • Client Consent
    • No Adverse Affect
    • You’ve Been Used
    • Fundamental Disagreements
    • Unfulfilled Obligations
    • Unreasonable Burden
  • Guidelines for Deciding WHO to Fire
    • The Pareto Principal
    • Opportunity Costs & Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
    • Communication & Expectations
    • Resolution With Updates to Written Contracts
  • Guidelines for HOW to Fire a Client
    • When to Get Court Approval
    • Protecting the Client’s Interests
    • Remaining Professional
    • Consider a Referral
    • Review Your Contract
    • End it Quickly
    • Accommodating Unstable Clients
    • Plan Ahead, Making it a Process
Faculty Member
Noel Bagwell
Executive Legal Professionals

Noel Bagwell is President and Chief Legal Counsel of Executive Legal Professionals, a business law firm that provides business legal services and strategic legal counsel to business leadership. Noel also serves as the Start-ups & Small Business Aspect of Practice Leader for the National Center for Preventive Law. He is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

CLE Credits (Law)

Credit Value Type Format
NALA - - Credit not available
NFPA - - Credit not available
AL 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
AK 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
AR Not Available Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
AZ 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
CA 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
CO 1.8 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
CT 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
DE 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
FL 1.8 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
GA 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
HI 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
IA 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
ID 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
IL 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
IN 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
KS Not Available Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
KY 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
LA 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
ME 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
MN 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
MO 1.8 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
MS 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
MT 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
NC 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
ND 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
NE Not Available Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
NH 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
NJ 1.8 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
NM 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
NV 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
NY 1.8 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
OH 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
OK 1.8 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
OR 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
PA 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
RI Not Available Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
SC Not Available Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
TN 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
TX 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
UT 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
VA Not Available Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
VT 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
WA 1.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
On-Demand/Recording
WI 1.8 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
WV 1.8 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording
WY 1.5 Ethics
On-Demand/Recording

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